More problems than solutions

Hennur Flyover

More problems  than solutions

The Hennur Cross Flyover that was supposed to be finished by April still lies unfinished with work progressing at a snail’s pace and sometimes no work going on at all.

 The flyover that stretches on from Lingarajapuram side to the Outer Ring Road and further to Hennur Cross is an ambitious one as it leads to the airport besides many important developing areas of the City like Kothanur and Thanisandra. However, now that it’s half done, the work on the rest of it hasn’t progressed. Worse, the roads below are full of potholes and it’s a strain for the motorists to travel on it.

 Now that the Monsoon is on in full swing, these roads are filled with mucky water too. 

Metrolife spoke to commuters in the area, some of who wondered whether this flyover was required in the first place. Raymond, who owns a business in Attibele, visits his brother in this side of town often. 

“I travel between Brigade Road and Hennur Road regularly and feel that the roads here are in a horrible condition. The work on the flyover started long ago but it’s not complete. In fact, the situation was better before the construction began,” he says. Pointing out to the wastage of space underneath the construction, he says, “In the nights, there are buses parked over there.” 

Some people wonder why was the flyover required in this area in the first place. Harsha, an M.Sc student of Jain University, feels more flyovers are required on the Outer Ring Road especially near Whitefield, which is a hub of IT companies. “On this particular side of road, there aren’t that many vehicles moving,” he says.   

Residents in the area feel that the flyover isn’t currently required here though it may be necessary in future. Rosily, who works in the HR department of MindTree, says, “I live in Hennur Cross and go to Mysore Road everyday on work. There is always a jam at Lingarajapuram as it’s a narrow flyover. At the location of the flyover, the vehicles have two turns to take out of which one is the bus depot road on which the flyover is being constructed. So as of now, the vehicular movement is not as much on this road when compared to the other perpendicular road.” 

But the road, which is one of the main connecting points to the airport, also has a number of apartments springing up. “So in future, a flyover here will be helpful. The roads here have become bad now thanks to the shops that were brought down when the construction started,” she adds. 

Though the traffic authorities say they aren’t aware of the present situation here, the Bangalore Development Authority says the delay in the construction of the flyover was due to land acquisition problems. “The process was delayed because of that. However, now things have come through and we hope to start the work in the next ten to 15 days,” says PN Nayak, chief engineer, Bangalore Development Authority.   

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